An Interview with Alphabet girl

Hi Arvilla,  we are here to talk about your writing.  If you were to compare your blog to a comic book hero, who would you choose?

Superman, one of my old favorites. Faster than a speeding verb, more powerful than a dangling participle, able to leap prepositions in a single bound, comes Alphabet Girl, possessing the power to create a story based on a single letter of the alphabet.

You say you’re a writer.  Can you tell us what you have been working on?

I’ve been writing my blog for the last couple of years.  That  has motivated me to take it up a notch and I am working on a novel.

What is it about?

Though I’m not ready to give  a synopsis, I can say it is about small town life in the 1950s. There are no superheroes in it.

When do you expect to finish?

I thought I’d be ready to send it off to an agent last year (2013), but that didn’t happen.  It’s been a dry spell; my world is parched and dry due to an alien invasion of the Alphabetonians who ran out of letters on their planet and came to earth to steal some of ours.  Or in another story Alphabet girl must have fallen asleep, fallen under the curse by the evil queen of Blogland but I’m hoping for a prince to come and give me a new brain (or was that Frankenstein).  In the meantime I will search for a small oasis where I can continue my work.  And use my powerful force to go on with my writing.

If you could turn back the clock, choose anytime to go back to when would that be?

I enjoy reading stories of the American frontier, so it might be fun to pretend I’m on a wagon train coming to California.   But I would have to bring along my modern conveniences, coffee pot, cell phone.  (text message : made it 2 the top of Pikes Peek. fantastic view. )

Seriously, I loved my first years of teaching.  It was in a two room school-house in California’s Sierra foothills.  That’s also when I met a man new to our district  Turned out we had a lot in common including the fact he had  taught in a three room school (in Redding). We got married the next year.  That was almost 50 years ago.

So, you like reading about the frontier.  Do you get any inspiration there?

What stands out most is the attitude they must have had to overcome all the hardships they face.  Hope must have played a huge part.  That might be a new title for me.  “Hope on the Horizon.

Where do your titles come from? 

I like the challenges provided by WordPress–and other daily prompts.  Some of them come from just being open to ideas that float through my head.  I have to grab them quick and write them there.  There are many  still hanging around out there to inspire if I can only capture them.  Often an idea leads to a chain of thoughts or events that come together for a post. And of course there is my personal alphabet challenge.

It’s been nice chatting with you.  If you had a piece of advice to leave with us what would it be?

Writing is like learning to swim.  You can put your toes in, tread the shallow end, but you’ll be tempted to retreat.  Better just to  toss fear aside, jump in the deep end, enjoy the jolt and then write like your life depended on it.



5 thoughts on “An Interview with Alphabet girl

  1. Hi, Arvilla, I love the look of your blog and the foodie theme – and I love your voice and the wry tone of your posts. I’m also fascinated by the idea of your novel. Have you progressed any since this interview? Have a synopsis handy you’re ready to share?
    And thank you for following Word Shamble 🙂

    • Thanks for the kind comment. My novel still sits simmering and someday soon I’ll be able to put the lid on it and call it done. Glad to have stumbled onto your blogs. Lots of good stuff there to keep me returning.

  2. Your blog is so creative, and this interview was very interesting to read. It’s been a couple years since this interview was posted, so I’m curious if that novel’s finished and/or somewhere on the internet I can check out?

    Lovely to meet you, by the way! ^_^

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